The Guest List

The Guest List

A Novel

Book - 2020
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May 07, 2021


This book was so atmospheric and well-written, and those twists totally got me.

It's Jules' and Will's wedding, and they're having it on a remote Irish island. The guest list is long, and with so many people mingling from different parts of the couples' lives, there is bound to be some drama. It is a dark and stormy night, as it goes, and indeed, something is about to happen: someone is about to die.

My favourite part of this book is the atmosphere. I could *feel* the island so perfectly, could hear the waves crashing, feel the boat rocking on Hannah's ride over, could smell the brine of the sea in the cave with Olivia. It was just so perfectly written to transport me into this world and onto this island, which is another one of my favourite parts of the whole thing: Lucy Foley's writing is top notch. I was disgusted when I supposed to be, concerned all throughout, and overall just captivated by the way Lucy writes each character.

The first part of the book is more slow-moving. I was hoping to be wrenched into the story off the bat, but it does take a bit to get going. Once it's there, though, hoooooo boy, I could not put this baby down. I was suspicious off the get-go, but as more and more information was revealed and I started to make connections, I just had to know what was going on and if I was right.

And...I wasn't. And I absolutely love that. When a book can take me fully by surprise, but when that shocking revelation makes sense looking back - that feeling is unparalleled for me.

I think I just wanted more out of the ending, especially for Hannah. I wanted more of what comes after for these characters, when really, it kind of left on a cliff-hanger (hah). They are all such equal parts sympathetic and not, and I want to know more about them all beyond this one hellish weekend.

This book was so atmospheric and well-written, and those twists totally got me. My favourite part of this book is the atmosphere. It was just so perfectly written to transport me into this world and onto this island, which is another one of my favourite parts of the whole thing: Lucy Foley's writing is top notch. I was disgusted when I supposed to be, concerned all throughout, and overall just captivated by the way Lucy writes each character.

Apr 29, 2021

An exciting mystery with some nice "say whaaaaat?" moments. Foley does a fabulous job of laying out the main characters and their backstories, bringing each of them to life. It's almost near the end of the book before the actual victim is revealed. Some readers might find the story a bit contrived, and it certainly will have you questioning any decision to have your wedding on an isolated Irish island. Still, entertaining read for mystery lovers.

Apr 26, 2021

3/5, pretty average thriller. Foley paints a mysterious setting, but the plot is predictable and characters are a bit cliché. It's difficult to grow attached to any of them, and the plot twists don't make 100% sense and seemed to be written for the purpose of having a plot twist (not convincing enough). It's not horrible, but don't expect much. The writing was also a bit too simple for me; it felt like I was reading a young adult novel and there wasn't much substance. It's a simple thriller and doesn't offer much more than an interesting setting and some wedding drama.

ArapahoeJulia Apr 26, 2021

The Guest List was definitely more mystery than thriller, with a story that unfolded slowly rather than made me jump out of my seat. If you like slow burn mysteries with a decent amount of character development and a remote, creepy setting, you will likely enjoy this one!

Apr 24, 2021

The Guest List is a delectable blend of Agatha Christie inspiration and modern day psychological suspense. This is a "locked room mystery" built for the readers of
today: a story concerned with secrets among spouses, partners and siblings-and their deadly collision.

ArapahoeSarahH Apr 20, 2021

I guessed 1 of the twists in this book about 1/2 way through, and almost stopped....but am so glad I didn't! Kept me guessing and saying "how did she tie this all together?!" until the final pages!

Mar 26, 2021

Predictable, flat. Characters are one-dimensional: cartoonish without depth. The author's forays into character's casual chats about sex left me a bit queasy. A blah of a book.

JCLAnneG Mar 18, 2021

This is a thriller that I didn't know I would like as much as I did. The island itself lends to the atmospheric tone of the story. The author did a good job including the creepy storm at just the right time.

Mar 11, 2021

Predictable movie of the week, issue of the week type book.

Mar 05, 2021

Slow start but picked up later when the number of suspects increased with every chapter.

loonylovesgood Mar 03, 2021

A quick read. Suspenseful, if a bit cheesy, writing style. It reminded me a bit of an older "Agatha Christie" type mystery.

Feb 27, 2021

For all the hype, I didn't like this book. Very contrived. A wedding but Not One Happy Person.

Feb 22, 2021

It's a shame trees were destroyed to print this book. I guess I have gotten to expect a better written story.

Feb 19, 2021

Another recent novel told from multiple perspectives - this time, 6 - with the names of each at the top of each relatively short chapter. Each of the perspectives is told in the first person, present tense, so there is no jarring transition with verb tenses. There is also a smooth transition of stories as each of the characters' revelations build on the previous character's story. All of the characters are together to celebrate the marriage of their best friends at their posh island wedding on a small island off the west coast of Ireland. The reader gets to know these characters by what they tell us about themselves and what they reveal about their inner thoughts about events in their lives and their past interactions with the other characters. Their past lays the basis for their thoughts of revenge, all aimed at one character. The dialogue that is present has just too much smutty language strewn in it for my liking, but perhaps the author feels that is how her characters would talk in reality. It takes awhile for the suspension and tension to grow as the author reveals the true nature of her seemingly successful and "beautiful" people. The ending has an unexpected, surprising twist. While none of the characters are sympathetic, the story is a good one with many underlying themes.

Feb 11, 2021

The book held my attention, I was interested in how it would end. Although I figured out the ending about midway through, that is, who the murderer was and why. The victim was also pretty obvious to me. I read it to the finish to see if I was right, and I was. So to me this was a so-so story.

Feb 09, 2021

It flipped back and forth a lot but it was informative and interesting.
Lots of secrets revealed.

Feb 02, 2021

55 pages later, they still are trying their wedding outfits and figuring out their relationships. I don’t know who’s the audience for this book. It sounds like a teenager read (giggling “boys”), but describes sex scenes. So boring and disconcerting. Bizarre. I gave it up after those 55 pages. On another note, what’s wrong with all these latest releases? I started and gave up so many books published in 2020.

CircMary Feb 01, 2021

Enjoyable who-done-it. Very atmospheric. I was once stranded for a night on an island off the west coast of Ireland due to a storm, and I can tell you that part of the story was quite accurate.

Jan 31, 2021

Fun, quick read. Keeps you guessing. Refreshing to read a book like this once in awhile.

Jan 28, 2021

Disturbing is the word that best describes this book. I've never read anything by this author and I won't read any of her other books. I love a good mystery, but the characters all have such a dark side that it made for a very uncomfortable read.

Jan 27, 2021

I could not put this book down, I started it on my lunch break and read all the way home and didn’t eat until it was finished. I was floored by how little I predicted and how many surprises there were at the end. I was expected one, and they just kept coming. Some of the “stags” or groomsmen blurred together a bit, but the rest of the characters were unique and easy to keep track of. Each chapter is from a different person’s perspective, and it was nice to have their names at the beginning of each one to keep them straight. This book started out on more of a gentle pace, but then it’s a riot right till the end.

Jan 23, 2021

YUK! Nothing to recommend this novel; chucked it after a few chapters. "Shallow" best describes the author and her characters.

Jan 21, 2021

I only made it through a few chapters of this terrible book. The characters were all despicable and I couldn’t tolerate reading any more about them. My first book I’ve tried to read by this author and definitely my last!

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